Elmer Bernstein

The World of Henry Orient [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Written in the wake of his landmark The Magnificent Seven, Elmer Bernstein's score to the 1964 madcap fantasy The World of Henry Orient is 180 degrees removed from its predecessor. A charmingly sweet and lighthearted evocation of adolescent pluck, it captures an innocence rare among the composer's work. Bernstein treats the larger-than-life escapades of the film's young heroines with admirable sensitivity, penning a series of whimsical themes that never belittle their teen spirit. Peter Sellers' titular pianist is not so lucky, however, with composer Kenneth Lauber contributing a vicious lampoon of avant-garde sensibilities.

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